A few weeks ago, I was one of the lucky winners of an international giveaway that was hosted by Amabie Beauty (www.shopamabie.com for their store, and www.amabie.com for their review page). The giveaway was for travel sets of 23.5N products.
Since I have combination/oily skin type, they sent me the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Travel Set that consisted of the following products:
– Gel Mask
Normally I use products for about a month before writing a full review of them, but since these are travel sizes, I could use them only for about 2 weeks.
About the brand
23.5N is a brand that uses natural ingredients from Taiwan in its beauty products. Their products contain no paraben, no artificial coloring, no fragrance, and no animal testing.
Common Ingredients among all 3 products:
Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, and Methylisothiazolinone
If you want to know the ingredients of each item, here it is below, from the shop amabie website:
Toner: Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Glycerin, Terminalia Catalpa L. Leaf Extract, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Serum: Aqua, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tea Extract, Butylene Glycol and Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Peppermint Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Gel Mask: Aqua, Tea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tremella Fuciformis Extract, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Mantha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
As you can see from the table from cosdna below, there are three irritating ingredients in these products, but they are also lower in the ingredients list, which means that there is not much of these ingredients in the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing line. Also, my skin is normally sensitive to alcohol ingredients, but these products did not irritate my skin at all. Keep in mind though that this product line is made for oily skin, and I have combo/oily skin, so if you have dry skin, you might want to dry their set that is for dry skin.
Now, let’s discuss the top ingredients contained in these products and then go on to discuss my experience with each of these products.
Water: well, I think everyone knows what water is ^^
Sodium Hyaluronate: This is an ingredient that is derived from Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance that is naturally found in the dermis layer of the skin, which is the layer that provides elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid holds on to the water inside the skin to hydrate the skin and give the skin volume/plumpness. As we get older, the level of hyaluronic acid decreases, making the skin lose its plumpness and youth. Basically, then sodium hyaluronate attracts and holds on to water in the skin to give it hydration and make the skin plump.
Green Tea: Contains a lot of anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits as the polyphenols in green tea helps neutralize free radicals and as such slows down the aging process.
Glycerin: Absorbs water from the air.
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When I am feeling lazy, sometimes I only wash my face and then put on toner- no skincare afterwards. Normally, my forehead would get oily about an hour or so after the toner. With this toner, my forehead never got oily! The toner also seems to control my sebum overnight and throughout the day too (note: I used this once in the morning and then again at night).
Consistency & Fragrance
The consistency is a liquid lightweight consistency, like a typical toner.
For those of you who care about fragrance, this product has no fragrance. I tried several times to catch a hint of scent, and I think it has a hint of a tea scent, but it’s not noticeable unless you dip your nose in the product like I did….literally!
The only thing I’m not a fan of with this toner is the color. It has a brownish color, like the color of tea. Because the color of the product is brownish, I can’t really tell how well it wipes the makeup and dirt off my face!
23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Serum
I tried the serum on its own as well (i.e., without the toner and the gel mask), once in the morning and once at night and kept the rest of my skincare routine constant. I think the serum also works on controlling the sebum. My forehead did not get as oily as usual during the day and when I used it at night, my forehead did not get as oily the next morning.
Consistency & Fragrance
Since it is a serum, the consistency is a bit thicker than the toner.
Just like the toner, there is a very very subtle tea scent, but again it’s barely noticeable- I don’t think most people would be able to detect a scent.
The color of the serum itself is the same as the color of the toner. I don’t mind that color on a serum. The serum also gets absorbed by my skin quickly and does not leave a sticky feeling- don’t you just hate it when your skincare product makes your skin sticky?! This serum actually made my face soft and smooth once it was absorbed by the skin.
Of course the serum works very well with the toner, and ideally you would wear these products (the toner, serum and gel mask) in combination with each other. Realistically, though, sometimes you could only buy one! If that’s the case for you, I think you should try the serum first. Additionally, serums are usually more potent than toners.
Having tried the toner and serum and finding that they do control sebum, I was expecting the gel mask to also control sebum. Unfortunately, I was sad to find that the gel mask does not seem to control sebum when used on its own without the toner and serum. When used in combination with the toner and serum, however, my sebum was controlled overnight and throughout the day.
Consistency & Fragrance
As the name says, the product has a gel consistency that turns more watery on the skin. It is very lightweight, fast-absorbing and is not sticky. It also leaves your skin so soft! Fragrance-wise, I feel that the tea scent on the gel mask is a bit more detectable than the scent on the toner and serum, but it’s still very very subtle.
As you can see from the picture above, the color is a tea color, just like the toner and the serum.
As I mentioned, ideally all three products used in combination would give you the optimal effect, but let’s face it- sometimes we can’t buy all three products. If you could buy only one of these products at a time, I would recommend trying the serum first. Unfortunately, I just checked the shopamabie store and found out that the serum is not sold separately!!! 😔 Well, in that case, I would then recommend you to try the toner first then because it does control the sebum.
I am happy that I got the opportunity to review these products- Thank you again, Amabie Beauty!
These products can be purchased at the links below:
23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner- Travel Size
23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask -Travel Size
Let me know what you think if you have tried any of these products or any other 23.5N products!